Care bears: Gift brightens Darlington girls’ lives

December 24, 2018

DARLINGTON, S.C. – A rekindled friendship helped result in bears being given Friday to two young girls.

Jamie Kersey and Trevor Kinard grew up together in Bamberg. They lost touch after Kersey moved to Darlington County. However, the two reconnected on Facebook. Then Jamie posted something about her granddaughter, Chloe Sandifer, to the site.

Kersey said Chloe was born with spina bifida, which prevents her from walking. Spina bifida is a birth defect caused by the incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. There are three sub-types of the defect, two of which are mild and one of which is more severe.

“On Dec. 6, they [Chloe and her twin sister, Caroline] went to bed and she woke up hollering, ’Mama, I can’t see,” Kersey said. “Chelsy [Chloe’s mother] got down to check on her. She had a seizure. She’s never had a seizure.”

Chloe soon started to have seizures regularly.

Chelsy’s sister set up a fundraiser page that Kersey then shared. The page was started because Chelsy’s husband was out of work for two weeks, making Christmas a difficult proposition.

Trevor saw the post and contributed. He also shared the link on his Facebook page.

“Matthew read your story because I had it on my Facebook from your grandma,” Trevor said, referring to his son. “Matthew wanted to do something special. Each year he tries to do something special for somebody. So, he got a Build-a-Bear for you. He wants you to open it and have a good time with it. And he got your sister one, too.”

When he was 13 years old, Matthew created CCrown Inc. to help support veterans and first responders.

Trevor and Matthew delivered their Christmas gifts on Friday afternoon.

Matthew said he got a good feeling from making the gift of two bears named Honey and Sugar to the girls.

Chloe got Honey and Caroline got Sugar.

Chloe said she was excited to be able to play with her bear.

“She loves life,” Kersey said. “She loves everybody and everything.”

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